From the office of Governor Greg Abbott
TYLER, Texas (Press Release) – AUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott announced today that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), in collaboration with local officials, will establish a new COVID therapeutic infusion center- 19 and Tyler. The infusion center will begin accepting patients on Tuesday and will be provided with Regeneron monoclonal antibodies to treat outpatient cases of COVID-19 that have a doctor’s referral. This treatment is available at no cost to the patient. Local partners include Smith County, the Northeast Texas Public Health District, UT Health East Texas, and the Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System.
According to Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran, the therapeutic infusion center will be located inside the UT Health North campus on U.S. Highway 271.
“The new Tyler Infusion Center, which is the second currently operating in East Texas, will help us reduce the burden on hospitals as we continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Governor Abbott said. “COVID-19 antibody infusion treatment is available free of charge to all jeans that test positive for the virus and have a medical consultation. Texans can visit meds.tdem.texas.gov to find a therapeutic provider near them. “
Governor Abbott, TDEM, and the Texas State Department of Health Services have established and expanded antibody infusion centers in communities across the state in recent weeks. COVID-19 antibody infusion treatment can prevent a patient’s condition from getting worse and requiring hospital care. These facilities also help increase the capacity of beds in hospitals, so that resources are available for the sickest patients. The state deployed similar measures beginning in November 2020 to communities across Texas.
These state-sponsored infusion centers are in addition to the antibody infusion treatment provided by more than 200 private health care providers statewide.
Antibody infusion centers are currently operating in the following communities, and others will go online in the coming days:
- Austin (DSHS)
- Beaumont (TDEM)
- The Woodlands (DSHS)
- Corpus Christi (DSHS)
- Edinburgh (TDEM)
- Fort Worth (DSHS)
- Harlingen (TDEM)
- Houston (DSHS)
- Laredo (DSHS)
- Lubbock (TDEM)
- Nacogdoches (TDEM)
- Odessa (TDEM)
- Sant Antoni (DSHS)
- Tyler (TDEM)
The treatment is free and is available to all jeans that test positive for COVID-19 and have a medical consultation. Texans can visit meds.tdem.texas.gov to find a therapeutic provider near them.